Book Review: “The Undomestic Goddess” by Sophie Kinsella

The Lowdown:

A high-powered, respected lawyer Samantha Sweeting, runs away to a small country town unexpectedly, to pursue a vocation as a housekeeper because of a horrible mistake at work. Groomed into workaholism from a young age by her mother, Samantha successfully rose above the ranks to the point where she was about to make partner at the top-tier law firm in London. Dazed and in the middle of a meltdown due to the huge mistake that could cost her successful career, Samantha jumps on a train to a small country town in the middle of nowhere. Keen for a glass of water and directions, Samantha walks up to the first house she sees. There she is mistaken for an interviewee for the position of a housekeeper, where she hired. Here’s the catch – Samantha cannot cook or clean, to the point where she has no idea how to make toast or use a washing machine!

Used to thriving on adrenaline and ambition, Samantha was used to working all hours and as a result had no home life and no idea how to relax. Gradually, Samantha learns how to slow down, and to enjoy the simple things in life. Through her role as a housekeeper, and the budding romance between Samantha and the gardener, she learns some valuable life lessons.

Although a little unrealistic at times, the novel is hilarious and an absolute joy to read!

Issues explored:

  • Workaholism
  • Letting go of control, and learning to ask for help
  • Taking the time out to balance and enjoy the simple things in life
  • Change, in regards to re-evaluating values in life
  • Relationships

Significant quotes:

  • “Don’t beat yourself up for knowing all the answers. You don’t always have to know who you are. You don’t have to have the big picture or know where you’re heading. Sometimes it’s enough just to know what you’re going to do next.”
  • You never know how things are going to turn out, however much you plan.
  • If I’ve learned one lesson from all that’s happened to me, it’s that there is no such thing as the biggest mistake of your existence. There’s no such thing as ruining your life. Life’s a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.”
  • My life has changed, and I’m changing with it.”

Life Lessons:

  • A reminder to enjoy the simple things in life.
  • There is more to life than work.
  • A lesson to balance, and to take time out to enjoy life.
  • That it is okay to change and redefine who you are, and what you want out of life.

Rating: 4/5

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: “The Undomestic Goddess” by Sophie Kinsella

  1. I love the structure of the book review! It’s very clear and easy to read, but doesn’t give away too much of the plot! I’m looking forward to reading more of your book reviews 🙂


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